Noreen Carden

(16/12/50 / Mayo)

Hope


She walks the shore.
While tears flow free.
She wonders if the waves can see.
Do they know this truth profound
Her scattered hopes cannot be found.
Dreams discarded make no sense.
Plans postponed cannot be spent.
Tides ebb and flow no matter what,
For human plans don't care a jot.

So she turns to greet the day.
The water laps then slips away.
Tides keep turning with the moon.
Her life is changed and very soon,
Her love will leave her heart behind.
She carries on though tears may blind.
She will prevail.
She will grow strong.
Once again she will hear loves song.

Submitted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Qnce while walking on the beach i saw a woman with tears on her face
looking so sad and i wondered why so this is what i came up with`

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  • Daniel Brick (4/10/2014 10:22:00 PM)

    What an amazing gift you gave that weeping woman! This poem is made up of sensitive words and quiet rhythms,
    a prayer is made up of words of faith and rhythms of hope. There is ample evidence in people's experience that prayer has positive benefits, so I'm sure this poem in some mysterious way benefitted the woman alone on the beach. I admire the steady flow of this poem, you found exactly the right way to express both the crushing defeat but also the beginning of a new life in the last lines. A VITA NUOVO (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (3/24/2014 10:43:00 PM)

    another day, another reading, same poem. i like it. :) bri
    was it only 3 weeks ago i read this the first time! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/24/2014 8:38:00 AM)

    .........thanks for sharing the poet's notes....you penned a beautiful poem from your observation....and the title fits perfectly...enjoyed.... (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (3/3/2014 7:45:00 PM)

    Noreen, thanks for the poem note.

    in the lines:

    Plans postponed cannot be spent.
    Tides ebb and flow no matter what,
    For human plans don't care a jot.

    i'm having some trouble deciding what you want to say here. who or what is doing the caring, and about what? ? i think you mean to say that the tide keeps its schedule as it doesn't care at all for human plans. if that IS what you mean to say, i think i would just change the line: For human plans don't care a jot. TO:
    either:
    1. For human plans, tides don't care a jot.
    OR
    2. For human plans don't mean a jot.
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    noreen, you appear to be a romantic and an optimist. i am not the former, but i generally am the latter.



    JOT

    noun
    noun: jot; plural noun: jots

    1.
    a very small amount.
    you didn't care a jot
    synonyms: iota, scrap, shred, whit, grain, crumb, ounce, (little) bit, jot or tittle, speck, atom, particle, scintilla, trace, hint; More
    informalsmidgen, tad
    not a jot of evidence

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    i esp. like this line: Plans postponed cannot be spent. ............well, maybe spent at a later date?

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    yes, though her heart may be bruised, it can recover nicely..............if she's lucky! nice rhyming, nice change in 'tone' from stanza one to stanza two. thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/10/2014 7:43:00 PM)

    (Double meanings) Even if unintentional are great! I like that the title 'hope' could be about a person who is named hope but also the idea is that hope will bring you to the place where love was lost only to found once again. Beautiful poem. it does have a hint of sadness but hope shines brightly through the grey clouds welcoming another day as her life develops over time like the changing of the moons phases. =) (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/30/2014 9:25:00 PM)

    A very encouraging poem Noreen. What ever stumbles or barriers are in front never stop, just walk on with hope......... that itself is life...... loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (1/30/2014 10:06:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem Noreen. Though it began with sadness, but ended with hope...In between both the emotions, were her tears fell, for it takes time for one to heal. Loved it as it ended with positivity. (Report) Reply

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